I love planning the next year of homeschool!! It’s a time filled with so many possibilities and ideals that you hope and pray to bring to fruition the upcoming year. Today I’m going to walk you through my process of planning and give you a sneak peek into the books and curriculum we have lined up for my upcoming year 2.
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Here's a video I did that shows you exactly what I do. For more detailed info, please continue reading below:
The first thing I do really is to scour the internet for the best price on books. I know I can get many of these books at the library but mostly they’re checked out for months when you’re in the school season, so I look to purchase them at the least expensive rate possible. It’s an investment I don’t mind making seeing as I’ll be using them again 2 more times with my boys.
My initial places to search are Amazon, eBay, Book Outlet and others that I just Google to see what comes up with the best price and hopefully free shipping. I do pretty well on eBay though to tell you the truth. (Video of me opening an eBay package.)
Once the bulk of my books have come in, I start my real planning and organizing.
Step 1: Print Out Curriculum Book List & Necessary Info
Luckily, the amazing Ambleside Online advisory continues help us homeschooling mamas by updating the curriculum book lists, footnotes, enrichment schedules, weekly schedules, etc. so I just print out the whole of the year I’ll be planning out for the upcoming year.
Some AO mamas have actually compiled all the years into a Teacher Guide of sorts so that they already have everything printed out and on hand. I’ve opted to print year by year and putting it at the front of the kids portfolio’s for the year to be able to refer to quickly. But you never know, I might just get the itch to compile all this into one big book of all the years one of these days. Sounds like a project I’d take on at least, lol.
Step 2: Take Out Any Books You Already Have For The Upcoming Year
I gather all the books I’ve been ordering online for the upcoming year. I usually start the process of ordering in the last 3-4 weeks of school from the year before. Something that helps with this is to make an amazon list of each year of books. Then whenever you have a moment you can start cross referencing that list with other sites and even set up notifications on certain sites to let you know when that book or books are being sold at a certain price range.
Step 3: Cross Reference Books With Book List
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